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DUMARS INJURED: Pistons guard Joe Dumars will miss at least five games after pulling his left hamstring in the team's season opener.

Dumars was placed on the injured list Saturday. No one is expected to replace him on the team's active roster, Pistons spokesman Bill Wickett said.

Dumars went down during the second quarter of Friday's 92-79 victory over the Washington Wizards. Dumars had driven into the lane in heavy traffic and rolled a reverse layup off the glass for a basket. Dumars was untouched, but his momentum carried him to the right corner where he crumpled to the floor in pain.


WALKOUT KNOCKS GOLF OFF TV: Golf's Tour Championship was knocked off TV on Saturday when ABC's technicians staged a 24-hour walkout to protest disciplinary action against a union shop steward.

The National Association of Broadcast and Technical Employees said the worker, Mark Johnson, was suspended for two weeks because he drew a cartoon depicting Disney head Michael Eisner as Scrooge McDuck. ABC said Johnson was suspended because he lied during a company investigation of the incident.

Disney is the parent company of ABC. NABET has been working without a contract since March 31 and negotiations are scheduled to resume on Nov. 16, according to ABC spokeswoman Julie Hoover.

Final round coverage of the Tour Championship will be shown as planned on Sunday, both the union and the company said.

RALPHS SENIOR CLASSIC: Jim Colbert, playing his third event since having his cancerous prostate removed June 23, shot his second straight 6-under-par 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Ralphs Senior Classic in Los Angeles.

Colbert, 56, the two-time defending Senior PGA Tour player of the year, had six birdies in a bogey-free round on the Wilshire Country Club course. He tied for 32nd two weeks ago in the Kaanapali Classic, and tied for 28th last week in the Raley's Gold Rush Classic.


BOSTON U. PROTEST: Black football jersey numbers replaced red ones, and the Terrier logo on uniforms was missing on Saturday as Boston University players protested the school's decision to eliminate the football program.

In the first game after BU's board of trustees decided to end the Division I-AA program, Connecticut beat the Terriers 45-7. The school said the $3 million devoted annually to football would be put to better use on other sports.

The Boston players said they were no longer playing for Boston, but for themselves.

SHE'LL PUNT, PASS, KICK: Brigham City's Ashley Allen, 14, will participate in the Punt, Pass and Kick Denver Bornocs team championship today in Bronco Stadium. Allen, the local and sectional champion in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition, will get her shot at the team championship during halftime of today's Denver/Seattle game.


PARIS OPEN: Pete Sampras, playing with an aching shoulder, beat Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in the semifinal of the Paris Open on Saturday, and will play Jonas Bjorkman for the title.

Bjorkman, seeded 12th, advanced to the final Sunday by defeating defending champion Thomas Enqvist, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5.

Bjorkman also gained a berth in the season-ending ATP Tour World Championships. Sampras had already made the field in the tournament in Hanover beginning Nov. 11.

Sampras won the title in 1995 and lost in the 1991 final here to Guy Forget.

Sampras has only lost once in six meetings to Bjorkman.

Sampras, No. 1 in the world for the past four years, practiced less than two hours before his semifinal. On Friday, Sampras beat Thomas Muster but was taken to a clinic after the match for X-rays.

Today, Sampras will be in his seventh final of the year. He has won all six previous finals this year and will be looking for his 51st career title, the most of any active player.